Category: MJ Escapde

Escapade – One more trip

26th May 2011 – They will take the Escapade out of the water on Friday. Since I need to work, and can’t have a half day off, I moved the boat this evening. Everything was against me: time, wind, and current! If only I could have done it yesterday…

Since both my neighbour, mother and girlfriend were helping, I didn’t take any pictures.

Her last journey under own power

Sold with clean and dry bilges!


Escapade – Sold!

24th May 2011 – The bakdekkruiser has been sold. It is hard to maintain one boat by an individual. Having two boats is become more difficult, three is a disaster. She was one of my favorite ships, but I had no time to finish her.

Since I’m working on the Snik in Sluiskil, it was becoming to expensive to work on two projects at the same time, while still maintaining the Watergeus.

I hope the new owner will convert her and put her back in original condition. I wish him good luck with his new ship!

The short period I was the owner of the Escapade, I learned a lot on bakdekkruisers, yachts and diesel engines. People having questions on bakdekkruisers can always contact me. I have a large collection of information, books and pictures!

Escapade – Paperwork

6th April 2011 – When you buy a yacht, you need to have the correct paperwork, especially with older boats. If you can’t prove the boat is a registered as a pleasure craft before 1998 in Europe, you need to have a survey done. This is a very expensive happening.

Some of the documents, when I bought her, were not correct. Since I had an old registration number, they found her back as a yacht. I now have a Vlaggenbrief and Immatriculatieplaat. This means I can finally move around with the Escapade.

In the end it took me nearly a month to get the paperwork right!

Escapade – A nice day for working

2nd March 2011 – The first sunny day in weeks. It is now two days the Escapade is completely dry! So I now for sure there is no leak on the bottom. I’m still cleaning and removing some little pieces of wood that were still glued on the ribs.

Escapade – Found a previous owner

28th February 2011 – I traced a previous owner of the Escapade. I finally know where she was built and when! He even has some older pictures of her. I can’t wait to see them.

The Escapade was built in 1937 at the shipyard Van Lent en Zonen in Kaag.

Escapade – Fire damage

22nd February 2011 – Another evening spent aboard the Escapade, cleaning bilges and removing rust. The ceiling of the bedroom was removed. The more wood I have removed, the more I discover. Melted insulation, burned wood and a black metal with some paint left. Cause of the fire must have been the electricity.

Escapade – Bilge cleaning

21st February 2011 – As usual on a boat, one of the first job I always do is cleaning the bilges. It was no different with the Escapade…

Different then with other barges, the Escapade was filled with led as ballast.

Escapade – Rain and water

19th February 2011 – Again some water was visible in the bilges, while I cleaned it earlier that morning. It had been raining so much that I could fill a 12 liters bucket. The sooner I find all the holes in the side and roof the quicker I might get her totally dry.

Escapade – Stripping to bare metal

15th February 2011 – The interior of the Escapade is now gone. In 30 minutes, a friend and me removed the whole interior. Why? Well I discovered around 15cm of water in the bilges last night. I first tired hovering it out, but was to much. Once the interior was gone, I could estimate the amount of work needed to get everything clean.

Once the bottom was visible, I noticed the condition was better then expected.

Escapade – More and more trouble

14th February 2011 – Most people will think that it becomes easier after a few boats to always do the same jobs. Well in some cases it is true.

Unfortunately, the Escapade is not easier at all. I’m even afraid it might become a bigger job then the Watergeus. If she had the same size of the Watergeus, the amount of work would be to much. Every day I’m discovering new problems. It seems like it doesn’t stop!

Escapade – Philosophy of covers on a boat

12th February 2011 – In the late evening, I put a new cover over the Escapade to prevent rain from getting in. Doubtfully if it will work, but anything is better then it is now! Covers often mean the end of a ship. You hide the disaster from the public. Once the cover starts to disintegrate, you put another one on top of it. Doesn’t look right, but it gives a false feeling of ignoring the problem.